We are excited to present Chris Kappler, Athens 2004 Olympian, as our next clinician at SF. He will be at SF October 26-27, 2018 and we invite you all to join us for the weekend, whether auditing or riding!
This is a Trainer Certification Program Clinic for USHJA.
Serendipity Farms Austin at Oakhaven
Riding sections offered at 2’6”, 3′, 3’3”-3’6”, and 3’9”-4′ heights
Five riders per group
Registration form can be found online at email@example.com
The clinic will be – Friday-Sunday. There will be 4 groups of 6 riders each, with the schedule as follows for all 3 days (ride times are approximate and will be finalized closer to the clinic date):
8:00a-9:30a: 3’9”-4’ Big Jumpers
9:45a-11:15a: 3’3”-3’3″ Big Equitation, Derby horses
The cost to ride in the clinic will be $795 for all 3 days. Auditors are welcome at the rate of $50 for the entire clinic.
Friday evening, at approximately 6:30pm, we will provide dinner for riders and auditors, with Chris for Round Table discussion.
Saturday lunch for riders and auditors, also with a Round Table discussion with Chris, will be provided as well.
To register for the clinic, follow this link:
Your registration is not confirmed until the registration form is completed and your invoice is paid.
Chris Kappler grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and started riding with his mother and sister at the age of 9. He began his show career training with Alex Jayne. Chris was then discovered by legendary trainer George Morris and continued his career at Hunterdon, Morris’s famous stable in Pittstown NJ. After earning top Equitation results including 2nd in the USEF Medal Finals, 3rd in the ASPCA Maclay Finals, and 2nd in the USET Talent Search Finals, he continued his successful career in national and international Grand Prixs and ultimately at the championship level. He was named Midwest Rider of the Year in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1991. In 1989, he received the Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy, awarded to the young rider who “exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship and horsemanship.” Chris is the winner of more than 100 Grand Prixs. His major Grand Prix wins include 3 American Invitational wins, 3 American Gold Cup wins, and the American Grand Prix (AGA) Championship. At the Pan American games in 2003 Kappler won the team Gold and individual Silver medal with Royal Kaliber. That same year, Kappler was named Equestrian of the Year by the United States Equestrian Federation. In 2004 Chris and Royal won two medals, team gold and individual silver, at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. In addition to his Olympic partner Royal Kaliber, some of the successful horses he has ridden and trained include Seven Wonder, Concorde, Zanzibar, Primeur 58, Rafiki, Profox, VDL Maseratie and VDL Oranta.
Chris now focuses on training horses and riders at his show stable in Pittstown, NJ. He trains riders who are passionate about developing their riding and their horses according to the classical principles that he learned from George. His students have successfully represented the USA in Nations Cup competition, won medals at North American Junior/Young Rider Championships, and earned many Grand Prix victories. Chris is also proud of his success training many fiercely competitive adult riders, and enjoys working with junior riders who aspire not only to compete at a high level but also to learn the classical training principles and horsemanship that he strongly believes in. His success in finding special horses, and the success that comes from creating the perfect match between horse and rider, is another great source of pride for Chris.
Chris is a founder and board member of the North American Riders Group. He is currently a member of the USEF Board of Directors, has been a member of numerous USEF committees, including the Eligible Athletes committee, and has served as the USEF athlete representative to the United States Olympic Committee. He was a US Team Selector for the 2015 Pan American games as well as for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Beginning Dec 1, USEF and THJA are requiring all horses be microchipped and those microchip numbers be recorded with USEF in order for your points to count towards year end awards and invitational shows (like Pony Finals).
Austin Equine to be out Wednesday, 11/29 to chip any horses that need to be done. If you are planning on attending any A shows with us this year, your horse(s) should be on the list to get done. Please let Laura know if your horse needs to be microchipped with the group! If your horse is already chipped, please login to your My USEF page and double check that the microchip number has been recorded.
Danny Robertshaw Riding Clinic-CANCELLED due to illness, to be rescheduled for a later date
Danny Robertshaw is based out of Beaver River Farm in Camden SC. Danny is a USEF “R” judge and has judge many of the major shows in the country including Devon, Washington International, Madison Square Garden, and the McClay finals. He is the winner of the USEF Emerson Burr award and was the Chronicle of the Horse Horseman of the Year. He is the only rider to have been Champion in the Regular Working Hunter at Devon, Harrisburg, Washington International, Madison Square Garden, and The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto all in the same year. He has ridden champions at all of the major shows in the country along with many high score USEF Champions. Danny serves on the USEF License Officials Committee.
Here is an interview with Danny after winning the USHJA’s Lifetime Achievement Award – 2010
The clinic will be – Friday-Sunday. There will be 4 groups of 6 riders each, with the schedule as follows for all 3 days:
8:30a-10:00a: 3’6”, Big Equitation, Derby horses
10:30a-12:00p: 3’, Intermediate Hunters and Equitation
1:30p-3:00p: 2’6”, Adults and/or Young Horses
3:30p-5:00p: 2’6”, Kids and Ponies
Cost $675. Auditors are welcome at the rate of $50 for the weekend!
To register for the clinic, follow this link:
Our bluebonnets are emerging!!
Please do not drive or park in our grassy areas, especially on the sides of the long driveway, when at all possible, use the gravel areas for passing. The bluebonnets will be spectacular in the spring if we make the effort to take care of them now!
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Nona Garson Riding Clinic
11/3-11/5: 9am – 4pm
Join us for three days with US Olympian and founder of The Ridge, Nona Garson! Nona competed at every major championship in the sport, and has represented the US in over 20 Nations Cups in 15 countries. A sought after clinician, Nona’s teaching focuses on jumping techniques for riders and horses at all levels and her world class knowledge of the sport is translated into a fun, positive learning experience designed to bring out the best in both rider and horse.
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In honor of competing alongside this amazing horse, Jersey Boy, at Pinoak and Spring Gathering, here is US Equestrian’s 2012 Horse of the Year tribute to him.
Such a great horse!